Joan Hutton is a woodwind performer, composer and music educator residing in Minneapolis and hailing from Toronto, Canada. Her varied musical interests have led her over the years to classical, jazz, funk, free improvisation, pit orchestras and more. She performs regularly with her own jazz groups, featuring her original compositions, around the Twin Cities at venues such as the Dakota Jazz Club, Crooners, Jazz Central the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Joan’s newest group, Take That Back, is co-led with saxophonist Sue Orfield and features original music by both leaders. This group was launched with a series of original jazz videos, which you can watch here on YouTube. In July 2021 Take That Back went into the studio to record an album of all original music, which will be released in January 2022 on Shifting Paradigm Records.

Joan Hutton is also an accomplished classical artist and is a member of the acclaimed Ancia Saxophone Quartet. As a dedicated educator, Joan teaches a large studio of private clarinet and saxophone students around the Twin Cities and is the saxophone instructor at Augsburg University.


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